Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants- Cannabis is one of those plants.
Usually, they have a strong odor and can protect the plant by deterring herbivores. It can also attract predators and parasites of herbivores.
For us, the scent of terpenes picked up by the nose- tells us if we will love the strain or not. The nose doesn’t lie. Terpenes are the scent of Cannabis, and knowing what they are will deepen your appreciation of plant Cannabis.
Every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition.
Terpenes vary in impact. There are over 100 terpenes associated with plant Cannabis. Some terpenes promote relaxation and stress-relief, and others promote focus and relief from chronic pain.
#Myrcene – calming; found in mango, thyme, and lemongrass; found in strains like OG Kush, Cherry Pie, and KGB.
#Pinene – relieves pain and inflammation; found in rosemary and basil; found in strains like Snoop’s Dream and Critical Mass.
#Limonene – relieves anxiety and stress; found in lemon and ginger rind; found in strains like Wedding Cake, Do-Si-Dos, and White Fire OG.
#Caryophyllene – anti-inflammatory; found in black pepper and cinnamon; found in strains like Original Glue and Purple Punch.
#Linalool – promotes relaxation; found in lavender and birch bark; found in strains like Do-Si-Dos and Kosher Kush.
#Humulene – anti-inflammatory; found in hops and wood; found in strains like Sherbert and GSC.
#Terpinolene – uplifting; found in lilacs and nutmeg; found in strains like Ghost Train Haze, and Jack Herer.